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Recreating Jane Austen Hardcover – August 20, 2001
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"Those looking for an intelligent and very well-informed guide to Austen's contemporary cultural significance will find in Recreating Jane Austen the starting place they seek." Eighteenth-Century Fiction
"John Wiltshire offers a smart critical engagement with Austen adaptation in his Recreating Jane Austen, where he not only analyzes the texts and films but offers a theory of artistic influence and creativity." The Wordsworth Circle
"Although short, the book is remarkably well informed - with extraordinary useful notes and bibliography - and cleverly and wittily argued." CHOICE
Recreating Jane Austen is a book for readers who know and love Austen's work. Stimulated by the recent crop of film and television versions of Austen's novels, John Wiltshire examines how her work has been 'recreated' in another age and medium. He engages with new versions of Austen's work and argues that they can be used as aids to enhance readings of the texts. Chapters examine issues such as the romantic impulse in Austenian biography, and 'Jane Austen' as a commodity.
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Cambridge University Press, 2001
Summary: An academic look at how film adaptations of Austen's novels inspire us to look anew at the novels.
Thoughts: If I was more organized, I would have published this last week with the Bedside Companion Book but I'm not so here it is. While I love Austen's novels, I'm also really interested in the films, hence my decision to pick up this book.
It was my fault for picking this up because it's a very scholarly look at Austen; this means many big words. many theories, and many examinations of other scholarly works. I was expecting a more fun look at the movies that have been adapted from Austen's novels. I shouldn't have because it looks like a skinny academic tract rather than a fun jaunt. He looks at three movies inspired by Austen: Metropolitan, Jane Austen in Manhattan, and Clueless. He looks at the relationship between Austen and Shakespeare. He looks briefly at some 90s adaptations of her films; as you can see it was published before that great spate of Austen films in 2005-7. I'm really not the best person to read this and I found it too boring.
Overall: For the Austen scholar rather than the more casual fan like me.